Clearing-House Mechanism on biodiversity (CHM)
The Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted in 1992 as a framework for action to protect biodiversity. From the beginning it was understood that scientific knowledge and technological know-how would play a vital role. Unfortunately, systems of managing information and technology vary enormously from country to country. That is why the Convention has established a "Clearing-House Mechanism" (CHM) to ensure that all governments have access to the information and technologies they need for their work on biodiversity. The main objectives of the CHM are:
- Promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation, within and between countries,
- Develop a global mechanism for exchanging and integrating information on biodiversity,
- Develop the necessary human and technological network.
More information on the Clearing-House Mechanism can be found on: http://www.biodiv.org/chm/.